VALLEY VIEW - I guess it all has to do with perspective. Ten years seems like the blink of an eye to me. Ten Christmas's, ten fourth of July's, I can barely remember two or three. A decade, after all, is only a small percentage of my existence, but to some it is a lifetime. If you were born in 2005, you are now eligible to participate in the annual youth field day held at the Valley View Gun Club. We held the first one the year before you were born. You may have heard about it from older brothers or sisters. You may have been looking forward to the day when you could do the neat things they talked about. Well, that day is rapidly approaching as we prepare to again present opportunities to young people ages 9 to 15, to experience the fun activities we have been providing for ten years now. We have fun doing these things, too, and that's why we thought it would be a good idea to share them with young people who might also enjoy them.
HARRISBURG - Tanner Miller looked up into the grandstand Friday night and couldn't believe his eyes.
Spread out over several sections of Metro Bank Park were roughly 50 friends, family and classmates, loudly cheering for the Upper Dauphin infielder as he played for Team Pennsylvania.
One day later, Tevin Murray had a similar experience.
As the North Schuylkill left-hander took to the hill in the third inning against Team Maryland, he couldn't help but notice the large collection of college and professional scouts in the sections behind home plate pointing radar guns at his every delivery.
BLOOMSBURG - Upper Dauphin County lives to play another day.
UDC stopped South Columbia's late rally and held on to earn a 7-6 victory Sunday, July 20 to stay alive in the Section 3 Little League 10-11-year-old Tournament.
The two teams were set to meet again at 5:30 p.m., July 21 in Bloomsburg with the Section 3 championship and a berth in the state tournament on the line.
Jacob Herman paced UDC's offense with two hits, including a home run, and finished with two RBIs and three runs scored.
PINE GROVE - Pine Grove entered the Schuylkill-Berks Legion League championship tournament as the North Division's fourth seed.
But the Grovers never played like it.
Last Tuesday's 7-3 win over Southern Area put Pine Grove (13-10) in the Region 2 Tournament for the first time since 2003 and pitted the Grovers against Muhlenberg in the league championship July 15, a game that ended in a 0-0 draw after 10 innings declaring Pine Grove and Muhlenberg co-champions.
HEGINS - And then there were none.
Kobe Brish hit a three-run triple as part of a five-run second inning as Schuylkill South rolled past Schuylkill West 12-4 in the Area 2 Teener 13-14-year-old All-Star Tournament on July 17 at Hegins Park.
The West entered the game undefeated, but now is tied with the South atop the standings at 2-1 after the first round of games. Schuylkill East (1-2) picked up its first win of the tournament Thursday with a 12-7 victory over Schuylkill North (1-2).
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DALMATIA - Top shooters competing in the recent United States Junior Grand Prix held at Keystone Shooting Park, Dalmatia, shared in a $30,000 prize package sponsored by the Richard King Mellon Family Foundation. Gold medalists earned $3,000, silver medalists earned $2,000 and bronze medalists earned $1,000 in the five Olympic categories.
LAURELDALE - During the course of the Legion postseason, things have gone Pine Grove's way.
Base hits snuck through the infield. Bunts rolled to perfect positions. Great pitching kept the opposition off the scoreboard. Errors helped spark big innings.
In the July 20 American Legion Region 2 Tournament winners' bracket game against North Parkland, the Grovers' luck ran out.
Pine Grove couldn't cash in on six lead-off batters reaching base and was shutout 3-0 by the Buffaloes.